In 2017, 3 induction/capacity building sessions on GBV tools for around 12 youth-led NGOs active in different areas in Lebanon was organized. The main focus of the induction is Gender Roles & Societal Expectations from both Women and Men in Public and Private Spheres. Furthermore, to support the role of youth-led and women-led organizations, UN Women organized in partnership with ABAAD a GBV/Masculinity TOT training workshop in October 2017 which involved 9 CSOs. The 3 days’ workshop aimed at building the capacities of participating NGOs on the concepts of human security, gender based violence and masculinities and addressing negative coping mechanism. The CSOs were able to utilize their newly acquired knowledge and technical skills while conducting GBV awareness raising sessions within their community to address stigma against GBV survivors and reduce all forms of violence.
The UN Women Gender Specialist secondee to OCHA has been working closely with national and sub-national cluster coordinators, gender focal points and humanitarian funding partners to improve gender outcomes, including conducting training on Gender and Age Marker for 90 participants.
In Algeria, UN Women has reached an important milestone, in strenghtening the Ministry of National Solidarity, Family and Women Condition's (MSNFCF) capacities to collect data on women and girls victims of violence. A modernized and common data collection framework integrating international guidelines and indicators on WSV, with a focus on SDG 5, was developed by UN Women in partnership with the MSNFCF. The new administrative databased named "AMANE" will allow the MSNFCF and its different structures to collect comprehensive data on Survivors seeking aid from its services. All 54 professionals from the Directorates for Social Action and Solidarity (DASS) and from Women Shelter's have benefited from a specific training on how to use AMANE with a component on gender-based violence and gender issues.
As part of UN Women efforts in supporting the Palestinian police to improve the Family Protection and Juvenile Unit (FPJU) performance in dealing with VAW cases, and supporting the implementation of the capacity building plan of the FJPU, a two-day workshop has been conducted in Jan 2018 on cybercrimes against women and girls. 24 police officers from FJPU and the cybercrime unit have been targeted and agreed on recommendations to improve coordination between both units whe dealing with VAW cases. following that, UNW facilitated a meeting between heads of the specialized units of the cyber-crime and VAW, to reflect on the workshops main points and present the findings and recommendations. Both units agreed to discuss internally proposed arrangements, including the assginment of the FJPU as the first responder for the cyber-crime -violence against women and the aspects of coordination mechanisms between the units when dealing with VAW casesto ensure privacy and confidentiality.
As part of UN Women Palestine office efforts to support the work of the Specialised Prosecution on VAW and ensure the provision of gender responsive services to women victims of violence at the public prosecution services, UNWomen Palestine office implemented the following capacity building and raising awareness workshops for the benefit of public prosecutors: 1) A training programme (consisting 17 trainings sessions) on “litigation of women’s human rights for victims of violence in national courts” was implemented in partnership with the Institute for Women Studies at Birzeit University and targeted 25 Specialized Public Prosecutors on VAW (SPP). Issues covered in the training included strategic litigation, constitutional tools and the application of international treaties when litigating VAW cases at national courts. 2) A two-day training session on the National Referral System for Women Victims of Violence targeting 11 newly appointed specialized prosecutors on VAW. Issues covered in the training included GBV, ethics of working with women victims, risk assessment, and multi sectoral intervention on VAW. 3) Two set of workshops (two days each- four in total) on cybercrimes against women and aimed at the specialized prosecution (SPP) on VAW and the Specialized Prosecution (SPP) on Electronic Crimes. The workshops aimed at raising awareness of the SPP on Cybercrimes and enhancing the efficient case managements of those cases. 4) Three days training on gender sensitive legal characterization targeting 25 SPP on VAW and a two days training targetted chief prosecutors in district offices across the West Bank. Feedback received from SPP indicated increased knowledge on the incorporation of gender throughout the legal process including in investigating, evidence gathering process and most importantly in litigation based on the Palestine basic law and the international treaties and relevant guidelines related to the role of the public prosecution. Feedback received from the chief prosecutors indicated an increased understanding of basic gender concept and tools especially in relation to the work of the public prosecution. They also expressed better understanding of the work of the Specialized Prosecution on VAW and their role in supporting and empowering the specialized prosecutors to conduct their work in such challenging legal and social context in Palestine.
UN Women Palestine office supported MA’AN to implement 4 sets of supervision sessions (each session a day) for volunteers at MA’AN center covering topics related to VAW, listening skills when working with women GBV survivors and handling cases received. UNW Palestine provided a two days training to VAW specialized judges on VAW (29 judges) , gender equality and women's rights. The training aimed at increasing judges awareness and sensitzation towards VAW,gender equality and women's rights and widen their perspectives on existing national efforts and mechanisms to deal with VAW cases, such as the national referral system. As a result of this training, sets of recommendations were agreed upon by judges, to increase responsiveness to VAW cases in courts, these included the need to institutionalize VAW judiciary services, through officially assigning judges to adjudicate VAW cases- the issue that was implemented later on through a decree that was issued by the CJ in Feb 2018 to assign 30 judges to adjudicate VAW cases.
UN Women has reinforced and developed partnerships with key departments for the provision of essential services to WSV. Justice professionals (magistrates and legal social workers) were assessed and trained on women’s access to justice and on human trafficking, and benefited from South-South exchanges with their counterparts from Palestine. The training aimed for the magistrates focused on the role of the security services during the investigation phases, the investigation of trafficking cases, and the identification and protection of victims. The dozen magistrates-experts will, following the training cycle, will conduct similar trainings to the rest of the magistrates within the Ministry of Justice thus ensuring national ownership with regards to human trafficking best practices.
UN Women and AWLN held a series of workshops with parliamentarians and legal practitioners on SGBV and women’s access to justice in order to raise awarness of the legal framework, gaps adn challenges, and how to promote services for survivors.
UN Women supported the Jordanian National Commission for Women in strengthening its positioning with female MPs, organizing three capacity building initiatives during the reporting for members of the women’s caucus in the Parliament and adressing issues related to their role in legislative writing, budget design and oversight, implementation of the SDGs, and constituency-building through online outreach. At the margins of one of the sessions, a dedicated session to review the draft cyber crime law was also conducted.
In March 2018, UN Women held two consultation meetings with civil society and government partners in Baghdad (24-26) and Erbil (27-29) to analyze humanitarian response plans from a gender perspective. The meetings also served to build a foundation for improved coordination and communication between government and civil society, resulting in the prioritization of the needs of women and girls.
UN Women Egypt in collaboration with the Office of the Public Prosecution and UNODC organized training workshops for 160 members of the Public Prosecution on how to effectively prosecute crimes related to violence against women. Topics covered included gender sensitive evidence-gathering and investigation, understanding the relevant legal articles in the Penal code and identifying common legal and practical issues faced by women victims/survivors, in addition to the provision of support and protection of survivors. Furthermore, in collaboration with the National Council for Women (NCW), training workshops were conducted for 250 recent law graduates on a career path to becoming judges to elevate their competencies to adjudicate cases related to VAW. Additionally, capacity development support was provided to the Women’s Complaints office of the NCW to strengthen their capacity to provide legal awareness and support services to women victims/survivors of violence, in addition to 80 employees of government-run women’s shelters and the supervisory ministry, to provide protection and support services to women victims/survivors of violence.